August 2012 - The Fashionably Broke

Fashionably Broke + Madewell

we are SO excited to get our hands on some Madewell for fall! and we are also so excited to tell you that we have partnered with the Madewell in Tysons Corner to throw you a personal shopping event! come join us on Sunday, September 9th at 7:30 PM for food, drinks, DIYs, discounts and more. you can find more information about our event below and ticket information here: we hope to see you there! xo!

SHOP Fall Madewell:

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Aug 28, 2012

boyish charm

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there are enough words in my pictures, right? makes me feel like i don't need to say much!

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i enjoy standing out and one of my favorite ways to do so this fall is by embracing the boyish, sporty trend. i took the trend for a test ride on a cloudy saturday in the city, and thought that a baseball cap was a great place to start. it all began when i showed up at the La Petite Marmoset showroom with some printed skinny jeans on, my converse's and a cropped, graphic sweatshirt and found myself a stellar, navy blue, leather cap and some metal jewels lying around. put it all together and you get my 'boyish charm' look. it comes down to keeping a good balance between the two genders, i think. my next boyish purchase is going to be a pair of isabel marant look-a-like wedge sneakers (like these), which are the perfect balance of girl vs. boy all in themselves.

Forever21 Cropped Sweatshirt | Loft Printed Skinnies | Converse Chuck Taylors | Messenger Bag via Urban Outfitters (similar) | LPM Vintage Baseball Cap, Necklace (borrowed) | Stella & Dot Bracelets | Michael Kors Watch

click on the images below for more of the boyish fashions

Sip + Shop

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arriving to the sip and shop event so late in the evening is bound to cause a blogger a panic attack about the chance of the sun going down before shooting a few pics. thankfully, we made it just in time, still catching the golden hour of sun. the scenery was too beautiful and by our instant reaction of snapping away pictures of it all, you would think they never let us out of the city.

we sipped on Prosecco with real hibiscus flower (amazing) for cocktail hour while shopping the new fall collections at Urban Chic Boutique. Then, we had a tasting of Early Mountain Vineyards (the most beautiful winery i actually have ever been to) and other "Best of Virginia" wines, followed by a delicious meal on the back patio while the sun set over the mountains. it was the perfect setting to get inspired for the upcoming fall transition in fashion. i even pulled out this suede mini to embrace this celebration of the season. remember it from last winter? see how i styled it then, here.

you can check out our Facebook Page later today for the rest of the pictures from the Sip + Shop event!

Early Mountain - Erika & I will be back to visit you very soon, and together this time! xx

Loft Top | Forever21 Scalloped Suede Mini Skirt (similar) | Zara Heels | Doctor's Bag via Urban Outfitters | Ray Ban Sunglasses | Stella & Dot Bracelets | Michael Kors Watch

Aug 27, 2012

Neiman Marcus and CapFABB


mesmerizing butterflies on display at Neiman Marcus (look who's in the background!)

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what we wore


playing with lengths


black & white for fall


the Olivia Necklace

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the style challenge models (left), go DC! and a coveted floral H&M blazer and hors d'oeuvres


sparkles on the sale rack, by 7FAM


i won't tell you how many of these we ate...


dude, where's my car?

holding this month's CapFABB (DC blogger party) meet up in Neiman's was genius, thank you Liz & Lacey! along with boozing, shopping and catching up with the girls, erika found her newest jean craving and i realized how much my love for leather clothing has really developed this fall season. Neiman's Cusp section is killing it right now!

on Natalie: Forever21 Blouse (long sleeved version) | Zara Tank | Loft Printed Skinny Jeans | Sam Edelman 'Niland" Pump (similar) | Stella & Dot Jewelry | Stella & Dot Waverly Three Way Bag

on Erika: Sugar Lips Apparel Blouse | Stem Maxi Skirt | Steve Madden Luxe Heels | Jason Wu for Target Purse | Stella & Dot Jewelry

Aug 19, 2012

Tysons Corner PR at Partners, Fresh Look

         I have been so thrilled with all of the positive feedback i've received for my new darker, ombré hairstyle (see: after left, before below).  i love it either way, but it's an added bonus when you all love it too.  I can tell you that I owe it all to the PR at Partners of Tysons Corner, and specifically my stylist Nadine.  Nadine is a designer stylist, with amazing prices, who specializes in a range of techniques, such as ombré.  She totally listened to the look that I was trying to achieve and it turned out even better than I had imagined (love it when that happens), a super rich brown with a sleek fade into blonde.  Besides the turnout of my ombré, the whole PR at Partners experience was amazing and I would go hang out there every day if my schedule would allow.  Nadine made me my favorite, a green tea, as I jammed to their awesome playlist, followed by a relaxing shampoo and a head massage in a huge, reclining chair.  You can visit their website here to see which stylist is the best match for you.

        You can, too, come experience the new flagship Fresh Look store at PR at Partners in Tysons Corner and receive your new and improved fresh look, a part of the newly launched Fresh Look program.  I love this program because they will not only update your look, but also prepare you with all of the knowledge and tips that you will need to maintain your fresh look in the seasons to come.  Okay, so here is the (exciting) main point that I am getting at - their newest program, Fresh Look Studio.    With this program, they are offering complimentary student hair cuts every Monday night beginning at 6PM.  Cutting director, Nick, will be leading his team of apprentices in giving you your fresh new look, so get excited!

Call PR at Partners Tysons Corner at (703) 556-3033 to book your appointment for a complimentary Fresh Look Studio hair-cut soon because they (obviously) book up fast!  

Another little bit of awesome information - my stylist Nadine is hosting a Hair Styling Workshop on Saturday, August 25th at 10AM-1PM at the La Petite Marmoset studio, where she will teach us how to get our hair styles on trend for fall.  I say, "us," because I will be there in prep for my upcoming trip to New York in September, as she teaches me how to style my hair for NY Fashion Week.  I can't wait and I hope to see many of you there (ticket info below)!

Here's to beautiful, fall-ready hair!

Aug 16, 2012

army green

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this is my take on how to wear the military/camo trend right now. i love these old cargo skinnies, for right now and for this upcoming fall as well. i am already picturing myself styling them with big slouchy sweaters and ankle boots and loving it! maybe even pairing them with a matching army green cargo vest for a full length military look, like this one, what do you think?

H&M Cutoff Tee | Public Exchange Cargo Skinny Jeans (old) (love this pair by Ralph Lauren, called the Freedom Cargo Pant) | Zara Two Tone Heels | Stella & Dot jewelry | Stella & Dot Waverly Three Way Purse | Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Photos by Alison

Aug 15, 2012

the end of summer and gracie

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 as summer is (sadly) coming to an end, i can still enjoy this time of year knowing that the end of summer sales are just beginning. this is when i stock up on bathing suits, cover-up's and sandals - when they are all on super sale! so, i thought i would share with you one of my favorite cover-up's that i snagged during Victoria Secret's end of summer sale three years ago. i still wear it, i still get compliments on it, and it really makes me feel like i got my money's worth out of it.

i'm sure you have (at least) one of those items that you still wear and love years later, i would love to hear what it is!

also, i got a new puppy! everyone, meet Gracie. she is a four month old Maltipoo and a wonderful addition to our little family. :)

Victoria Secret Cover-Up | Zigi-Soho Sandals | Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Aug 14, 2012

sunday accessorizing

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my excessive need for accessorizing may or may not be getting out of hand, i know my overflowing jewelry stash can agree. last sunday i may have taken it to a new level, even for me. ankle beading, that i wish all of my sandals came with, gave the allusion of anklet stacking and what i would like to now call the "ankle party." stacking on a few ring favorites next, one Stella & Dot, one Jewel Mint, and a couple of sweet vintage finds. and lastly, i played the necklace layering game with two new Fall Stella & Dot pieces and i pretty much (unintentionally) hit a home run. i love it when that happens - when you pile on a few random things to see what works and it turns out they all work and it's now your new favorite combination. amazing! it's the little things in life, right? :)

paired with these shorts (last seen here) and my newest five dollar Buffalo Exchange find - a lacey, black tank. they just opened one in DC. you can make money selling or spend money buying! check it out!

Crochet Tank via Buffalo Exchange DC | Ark. & Co. Zig Zag Shorts (on sale!) | Nine West Sandals | (details on the rest of my jewelry is in the post!) | Vintage Chanel Purse

more awesome zig zag finds:

Aug 13, 2012